Kongo (1932)

USA, 1932
86m, 2350 metres, 9 reels
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by William Cowen.

Plot Summary

A disabled white man rules over a remote part of Africa as a living god, using superstition and his skills with stage magic to impose his will. He is obsessed with gaining his revenge on the man who ran off with his wife and broke his back.


Directed by: William Cowen
Copyright MCMXXXII [1932] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents. Controlled by Loew’s Incorporated
Screen Play by: Leon Gordon
Based Upon the Play: by Chester DeVonde & Kilbourn Gordon
Photographed by: Harold Rosson
Film Editor: Conrad A. Nervig
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Western Electric Sound System
Art Director: Cedric Gibbons

Walter Huston (Flint)
Lupe Velez (Tula)
Conrad Nagel (Kingsland)
Virginia Bruce (Ann Whitehall])
C. Henry Gordon (Gregg)
Mitchell Lewis (Hogan)
Forrester Harvey (Cookie Harris])
Curtis Nero (Fuzzy)

Alternative Titles

Congo – Spanish title

Remake of
West of Zanzibar (1928)


Castle of Frankenstein no.12 p.36

Censored Screams: The British Ban on Hollywood Horror in the Thirties by Tom Johnson p.63 – note
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.276
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.247 – credits
Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.58-60 – illustrated review (by Gary Holmes)